OXNARD, CA (KAUZ) - The NFL preseason schedule kicks off Thursday night, with the Cowboys in the spotlight.
They had the day off Wednesday as they flew to Canton, Ohio. The team plays their preseason opener in the annual Hall of Fame Game against Arizona.
Don't expect to see any of the starters for either team in action, but that means undrafted free agents, rookies, and players on the bubble have a chance to make a good first impression. Since 2010, 18 undrafted guys have made the Cowboys' opening day roster. Some of them include safety Jeff Heath, wide receiver Cole Beasley, and guard La'el Collins.
The point is, make a few plays and show up on tape, and head coach Jason Garrett just might keep you around.
"We've got 90 [players] right now," Garrett said. "We are not necessarily looking for the best 53, we are looking for the 53 guys who make the Dallas Cowboys the best team we can be. So it really doesn't matter where they come from. We really just want to make sure guys understand if they are here, they are here for a reason. We are going to give them every opportunity to show us what they can do. If they can be a part of that 53, the opportunity is sitting there waiting for them, so they should grasp it."
"You always have to know what your role is on the team," Heath said. "And for the last four years my role has been a special teams guy. I am also expected to play well when I'm called upon at safety. I have just embraced that role and make the most out of it and its the same this year."